Posted by Fran
on February 27, 2000 at 14:33:34:
Since December, I've been sick. First, I had a bout with influenza, which left me with bronchitis and escalated my asthma. As soon as I finished my antibiotic for bronchitis, I started running a fever again, and when I went back to the Dr. he said it was a sinus infection. So onward to a stronger antibiotic. Still didn't feel good. Saw a different Dr. who felt it was viral and told me to up my asthma meds. Started feeling better around 2/1. Decided that I couldn't go through another series of this ever again, so I decided to quit smoking (was about 1/2 pack per day smoker). Dr. gave me Zyban. Three days into the Zyban, started coughing again, wheezing, and bronchial spasms. The coughing is worse when I am lying down. The bronchial spasms happen immediately following a cough, it sounds like I am finishing each cough with a sneeze. I am so sick of coughing all the time. I have neck pain now every time I cough. Anyway, went back to the Dr. He thought it was from quitting smoking, and all the crap in my lungs was clearing out. Problem with that diagnosis is that the coughing and wheezing started after I began Zyban but BEFORE I quit smoking (I quit in second week). So, here I am still coughing and wheezing and using my inhaler 3 times per day. There's got to be something else wrong. Could it be the Zyban (I am still on it)? I asked the Dr. but he didn't think respitory problems were a known side effect. In all this time, I have not been given a chest Xray. I really think I need one. I am so afraid it's lung cancer or some other horrible disease. Do my symptoms sound like anything familiar????